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A federal judge dealt a death blow to the Trump campaigns effort to overturn President-elect Joe Bidens win of the presidency on Saturday, by dismissing a closely watched lawsuit that sought to invalidate millions of Pennsylvania votes. "It is not in the power of this Court to violate the Constitution," Judge Matthew Brann of the US District Court in the Middle District of Pennsylvania wrote on Saturday ina withering decision, hours after the final round of filings in the case came in. The judge wholeheartedly rejected the Trump campaigns attempt to throw out the Pennsylvania vote, noting that Biden has won the state and results will be certified by state officials on Monday. Biden has a margin of more than 81,000 votes in the state. Though the case was always extremely unlikely to succeed, President Trump's backers and legal team and particularly his personal attorney Judy Giuliani had pinned their hopes on the federal judge in Pennsylvania giving some credibility to their suspicions of fraud and entertaining Trumps attempt to overturn the popular vote for Biden. But Brann, a longtime and well-known Republican in Pennsylvania refused. Shortly after the decision came down, Republican Sen. Pat Toomey of Pennsylvania congratulated Biden as the President-elect, breaking from party leaders and a vast majority of congressional Republicans who continue to back Trumps efforts to challenge the results. This was essentially the last major case seeking to throw out or block enough votes that could swing a key state in Trump's favour, and Brand's decision on Saturday is at least the 30th loss or withdrawal of a case from the Trump campaign and its allies since Election Day. There have only been two wins in court for Republicans, about very small numbers of votes. Read more here.
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